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Ex-Kiwi batsman Peter Fulton calls time on cricketing career

April 04, 2017 14:42 IST

Former New Zealand batsman Peter Fulton has announced his retirement from first-class cricket.

Peter FultonThe 38-year-old had featured in 23 Tests, 49 ODIs and 12 T20Is between 2004-14 for New Zealand.

Fulton enjoyed a long and fruitful domestic career with Canterbury, ending up as their most capped player and highest run-getter.

Nicknamed 'Two-Metre Peter', Fulton made his first class debut in the 2000/01 domestic season and played 121 times for Canterbury, 66 of which were as captain.

"From making my debut, I never would have thought I would play this many times and achieve these records for Canterbury," Fulton said.

"At that stage, I was just stoked to play one. When I was growing up I had dreams of playing for Canterbury and New Zealand, but when I was younger I didn't think I was going to do it."

"I am very proud to have played that many games and experienced so much success with different Canterbury teams throughout my career," he added.

Fulton made his international debut in a one-dayer in 2004 against Bangladesh and had a roller-coaster ride for New Zealand, making the Test side in 2006 as a middle-order batsmen and accumulating just 10 appearances in nearly four years before dropping out of contention.

He was recalled in early 2013 as an opening batsman against England and became the fourth New Zealander to score a century in both innings of a Test when he scored 136 and 110 against the tourists at EdenPark in Auckland.

During his stint in 23 Tests, Fulton scored 967 runs at an average of 25.44, with two hundreds, both coming in the same match, against England at EdenPark in March 2013.

He totalled 1334 runs in 49 ODIs at 32.53, with one century, against Sri Lanka at McLeanPark in 2006.

Image: Peter Fulton

Photograph: Nigel Marple/Reuters

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